By ZEINAB NAJM
HEIGHTS — Robert Raymond Patrick III, 49, of Redford Township was charged with second degree arson, second degree home invasion and receiving and concealing stolen property with a value of over $1,000 Nov. 5.
He was arraigned on Nov. 2 in the 20th District Court for the chargers in connection to the fire he allegedly started at a house in the 6900 block of Mayburn.
Patrick is in jail on a $100,000 cash bond and has a probable cause conference scheduled for Nov. 14 and a preliminary examination of the evidence against him set for Nov. 21 in the 20th District Court.
Firefighters responded to the call of a garage on fire at 8:15 p.m. Oct. 29, but when they arrived on the scene, the second story of the house was engulfed in flames.
Fire Chief David Brogan said firefighters arrived at the house within five minutes and saw smoke emanating from the second story windows.
“Firefighters entered through the front door, but the stairs were already burned down so they placed ladders on both sides of the house to go inside,” Brogan said. “The first floor was clear and there was nobody home so no one injured.”
Brogan also said the cause of the fire may have been from clothing being spread around the house and set on fire along with clothing placed on the stove top which was turned on.
Some of the clothing was spread on the stairs causing the staircase to burn down quicker than normal, Brogan said.
Inspectors responded to the house and surveyed the damage which was limited to the second story, stair case and kitchen floor.
That same night, police were dispatched to Dearborn Heights Liquor and Wine Shoppe, 25322 W. Warren Ave., after a man made threats against owners who refused to sell him alcohol.
Upon arrival at the store, officers noticed Patrick had burn marks on his clothing and items stolen from the house in his possession.
(Zeinab Najm can be reached at [email protected].)